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The narrow Russian horse, the Akhal-Teke, is known as the 'golden horse'. This is because it has a bright, metallic golden sheen on its coat. Originally a desert horse, it is thought to be an ancestor of the Arab. It has great speed and stamina. A historically significant breed in Turkmenistan, where it is a national emblem, the Akhal-Teke was used in the military. These horses were often presented as gifts to the rulers of Russia in the 19th century. Bred in a harsh desert climate, the breed is noted for its stamina. Originally used by local desert tribesmen, it is now a sport horse. In 1935, an Akhal-Teke herd completed a desert trail of 4,128 km (2,565 miles) in 84 days with little food and water.

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